FabLab Palermo

Palermo Makers Community: Think it, Make It!

Palermo Makers Community: Think it, Make It!

FabLab Palermo is an innovation hub that works to connect makers and entrepreneurship, in order to go from the idea to the real product, following the peer to peer design and the open source philosophy sharing knowledge, methods and principles with the world makers community.FabLab Palermo was founded in 2013 by a group of architects, designers, creative people based in Palermo city. It’s a nonprofit organization (APS) and the first Fablab in Sicily. It works on the regional territory with a lot of contacts and networks of makers and innovators. This “open mind” and the different kind of people working with Fablab Palermo enlarge areas of project and activity.
FabLab Palermo work with: social innovators, experts of digital technologies, digital artisans, public and private bodies, university, schools, professionals, civic communities.

 

Background and Experience 

FabLab Palermo is an innovation hub that works to connect makers and entrepreneurship, in order to go from the idea to the real product, following the peer to peer design and the open source philosophy sharing knowledge, methods and principles with the world makers community.

 A fablab is a fabrication laboratory, a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A fablab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent.

 A fablab is generally comprised of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. Currently Fablabs include a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution NC milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, a large wood router for building furniture and housing, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers for on-site rapid circuit prototyping.

 

 

 

Context

FabLab Palermo was founded in 2013 by a group of architects, designers, creative people based in Palermo city. It’s a nonprofit organization (APS) and the first Fablab in Sicily. It works on the regional territory with a lot of contacts and networks of makers and innovators. This “open mind” and the different kind of people working with Fablab  Palermo enlarge areas of project and activity.

FabLab Palermo work with: social innovators, experts of digital technologies, digital artisans, public and private bodies, university, schools, professionals, civic communities.

 

Areas of specific expertise and work

Educator

According to Fab Charter, Fablab Palermo works to promote and spread the makers’ culture, carrying out classes and workshops, also in partnership with schools, universities and institutions. 

Incubator

Fablab Palermo works as an incubator to go from the idea to the real product or the enterprise, by using the network of contacts and professional resources of fablabs all over the world.

 

Enabler

Fablab Palermo also provides services to enterprises, professionals and common people, including design, 3D printing, projects and prototypes development and 3D printers maintenance.

 

Main areas of work: Architecture, Digital Design, Digital Handmade, Robotic, Electronic, Education.

Thanks to a wide network of technical knowledge, Fablab Palermo provides several digital services: CNC milling, Laser Cutting, Engraving, Advertising Graphics, 2D and 3D modelling, rapid prototyping and 3D Printing, Vinyl Cutting, Drone Aerial Shots, 3D scanning and Rendering, Software Developing.

 

Activities and experience of the partner organization  

First of all, Fablab Palermo works to promote and spread the makers’ culture. It offers professional development workshops and events for both experienced maker educators and those just getting started. These events provide an opportunity for educators to convene, connect, and learn from our offerings and from each other.

 It includes a wide variety of information, meant to provide educators and facilitators with ideas for short-term activities as well as open-ended long-term projects, curriculum samples, examples of facilitation methods and practices, and the pedagogies and values aligned with making.

 

Workshops or educational projects have been created by FabLab Palermo according to schools, universities, private bodies.

 FabLab Palermo is a partner of some Italian organizations working with young people in education projects, training and job. In these partnership FabLab Palermo was the temporary host for young European people engaged in education and training projects. Students and graduates were engaged, by the tutoring of Fablab Palermo, in activities and projects concerning: 3D Print modeling and prototyping, graphic, digital handmade. This one is the most important FabLab Palermo’s area of activity carried out in the digital maker space at Leroy Merlin Palermo Mondello, big french brand in the GDS.

FabLab team: skills and expertise

Fablab Palermo has a main team working and linking with a network of makers and professionals, – present on Palermo, on Sicily, or otherwise in connection with Fablab – experts in various fields, from graphic design to robotics, from programming to marketing, ready to offer their multidisciplinary consultancy to meet your needs.

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